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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

2. The test PC

Using Everest Ultimate Edition 2007 we can see more specifications of the card:

All test conducted with the same PC setup:

  • Motherboard: Asus M2N32 WS Pro Bios 1601 (Nvidia 590SLI AMD)
  • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 4600+
  • Case: Thermaltake Soprano
  • Power Supply: OCZ GameXStream GXS600 SLI-Ready
  • Memory: 2x1GB Crucial PC2-8000 (400MHz@ 4-4-4-8-2T)
  • HDD: WD 200JB 7200RPM
  • Monitor: Viewsonic 19" LCD VP930b (1280x1024 resolution)
  • Windows XP SP2 with all the latest updates installed
  • Windows VISTA 32bit with all the latest updates installed (+Nvidia suggested patches)
  • DirectX November 2007
  • Nvidia Forceware series v169.04 with the following settings

With the 8800 series, the 3D control panel has some minor changes. User can now set the AA mode,

and select up to 16x, even with a single card:

We used many games and applications to evaluate each VGA card's performance, we will separate them in two categories:

DirectX 9

  • 3D Mark 05 (v1.2.0)
  • 3D Mark 06 (v1.1.0)
  • F.E.A.R (v1.08)
  • Prey (v1.2.0)
  • Half Life 2: Episode 1
  • Half Life 2: Episode 2
  • Company Of Heroes (v1.7.1)
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition DX9 Demo
  • Unreal Tournament III Demo
  • Crysis Demo


  • Company Of Heroes (v1.7.1)
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition DX10 Demo
  • Crysis Demo
  • Call Of Juarez DX10 Demo

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